Thursday, March 4, 2010

2nd Class Citizenship is Depressing... no really!

Gays and lesbians who live in states that ban gay marriage are more likely to suffer from alcoholism, mood disorder, or anxiety according to a study by the American Public Health Association.

Psychiatric disorders defined by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition, increased significantly between waves 1 and 2 among LGB respondents living in states that banned gay marriage for the following outcomes: any mood disorder (36.6% increase), generalized anxiety disorder (248.2% increase), any alcohol use disorder (41.9% increase), and psychiatric comorbidity (36.3% increase). These psychiatric disorders did not increase significantly among LGB respondents living in states without constitutional amendments. Additionally, we found no evidence for increases of the same magnitude among heterosexuals living in states with constitutional amendments.

Interesting thing... the study showed no differences for heterosexuals living in states that allow same-sex marriage or those that ban it.  I guess "protecting" marriage from us homos doesn't actually make you happier.  Go figure.

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